Leg Numbness & Back Pain


Leg numbness and back pain are two symptoms of sciatica, a condition that occurs when the sciatic nerve becomes compressed. This condition varies in severity and may improve on its own or may require more aggressive treatment.

Back pain.
Back pain. (Image: Tom Le Goff/Photodisc/Getty Images)


According to Spinehealth.com, leg numbness is often associated with back problems. Sometimes leg symptoms are the only symptoms of a back problem.

Woman with leg pain.
Woman with leg pain. (Image: Stockbyte/Stockbyte/Getty Images)


Leg numbness and back pain may also be accompanied by leg pain, leg weakness and foot pain.

Foot pain.
Foot pain. (Image: Stockbyte/Stockbyte/Getty Images)


Nerve compression in the lower back can cause low back pain along with leg symptoms such as numbness. Most commonly, the compression of the sciatic nerve is responsible for bothersome symptoms. Compression occurs as a result of a herniated or ruptured disk.

Physical therapist working on back.
Physical therapist working on back. (Image: Wavebreakmedia Ltd/Wavebreak Media/Getty Images)


Sciatic nerve compression may be treated with pain medication, anti-inflammatory medication, physical therapy, steroid injections or surgery if the condition is severe.

Doctor with medication.
Doctor with medication. (Image: Jupiterimages/Stockbyte/Getty Images)


If back pain and leg numbness are accompanied by fever, chills, sudden weight loss, bladder incontinence or bowel incontinence, emergency medical treatment is warranted.

Emergency medical staff.
Emergency medical staff. (Image: Darrin Klimek/Digital Vision/Getty Images)

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